Garrick McGee is on with Finebaum right now.
Why were you interested in UAB considering its sucky history?
Garrick said he turned down one head coaching offer last year because it wasn't a right fit.
Mike Anderson told Garrick he would like coaching for UAB. Garrick said what he saw during the interview process was not a down trodden program as has been portrayed by some.
Addressing the past incidents: I've been upfront about my past, especially with my kids. I spent years thinking I let my dad and my coaches down. Coach Petrino (Garrick's position coach at the time?) and Bruce Snyder were put in the position of answering for my actions.
Bruce Snyder recommended that John Robinson hire Garrick McGee at UNLV because the program needed discipline that Garrick could provide.
About the DWI at Northwestern: Garrick left a meeting and ran over the curb and hit something. Garrick admitted to the cop that he had a drink at dinner. The cop told Garrick that he had to write him up because it was his job since he admitted to drinking at dinner then driving. Northwestern's AD (a lawyer, who is now at Green Bay) told him that the incident wouldn't affect his standing with the team. Garrick remained NW's offensive coordinator. Garrick didn't remember what he was actually charged with but knew he pled to a lesser offensive to resolve the matter.
Garrick said he's always disclosed what happened during these interviews.
Should you have discussed these incidents at the press conference? No, the press conference was about celebrating UAB football.
What's your evaluation of Alabama and LSU? Different defensive schemes. Alabama, 3-4 Defenses with big athletes. LSU, 4-3 with depth one the line. When we spread them out with four WRs, they both play 4-2-5. They both really relentlessly push on every play. They don't get discouraged when you hit a big play, they just keep playing hard. Turnovers killed us in each game. After turnover and big punt plays, they had momentum and we couldn't emotionally overcome the momentum swing. BCS got it right with best two teams.
Recruiting at UAB: Evaluating current commits. Really wants Birmingham area kids. There are enough kids in Alabama for UAB to win Conference USA.
Finebaum pats Garrick on the back for dealing with the difficult issues on the air.